Bruins and Oilers will honor the memory of Colby Cave before puck drop

Late Colby Cave to be honored

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Apr 13, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Edmonton Oilers fans have set up a memorial outside Rogers Place to honor Colby Cave, who passed away on Saturday April 11, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers will honor late NHL forward Colby Cave before Thursday night’s game at TD Garden in Boston.

Cave played for both teams before his death on April 11, 2020, which was caused by a brain bleed. He was 25.

“Colby was one of the most genuine kids I think I ever coached,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said, per NHL.com. “At a lower level is where you get to know these kids, at 20, 21, I think it’s a little different when you’re in the minors and they’ve left home. They’ve got to find their identity there, they’re so young and you want to do right by them as people and as players.”

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Nov 2, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) and center Colby Cave (12) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Oilers won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Because of COVID-19 precautions, the Oilers and Bruins did not face each other least season, and Thursday’s meeting is the first between the teams since his death.

Cave’s widow, Emily, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. A memorial video also will be shown.

Cave’s career began in Boston in the 2017-18 season, and the Oilers claimed him on waivers from the Bruins on Jan. 15, 2019.

In all, he played 67 career games — 23 with Boston and 44 with Edmonton — and scored nine points (four goals, five assists).

An auction of game-used sticks by both teams will benefit the Colby Cave Memorial Fund.

–Field Level Media